Donald C. Mahaffey a 17-year resident of Kettle Falls, graduated to be with his Lord and Savior peacefully in Spokane on Oct. 20, 2013, five days before his 71st birthday. He was born Oct. 25, 1942 in Aberdeen to James and Kay (Compton) MaÂ¬haffey.
When Don was 16, he joined the Marine reserves. Following his graduation from J.M. Weatherwax High School in Aberdeen, Don enlisted in the Marine Corp. His daughter, Torie, was born in 1962 and then he was deployed to Vietnam in 1963, where he spent the next couple of years before returning home after being wounded twice. He received two Purple Hearts and was retired out. While overseas, he earned his 4th degree black belt in karate.
Don met Dee Dee and they were joined in marriage in Seattle in June 1967. Later that year, he talked Dee Dee into moving to an island in Alaska, where he said there were no spiders, so she was happy to go with him. While there, Don worked as a policeman and he quickly found out that there were spiders on that island. They soon moved back to Washington when she became pregnant. He eventually went to work for the U.S. Post Office at the bulk mail facility in Federal Way in the 70â€™s and retired there in 1995.
Don loved working on projects, especially ones that were crafted from wood. He spent countless hours working on their home in Kettle Falls, where he built a huge portico and deck on the house. From this labor of love, he and Dee Dee shared many hours together relaxing and enjoying their surroundings.
In his later years, Don loved to preach the gospel, read the bible and many books about biblical teachings and relationships with Christ. He also loved his guitar, which Dee Dee said was Donâ€™s second wife.
Don enjoyed watching the History Channel. Don loved his Savior, the Lord Jesus, and his family, above all others. He was very proud to be a veteran. He also had an extreme love for his country and being a true patriot. Don enjoyed listening to the blues and smooth jazz music as he worked on all sorts of projects. He will be greatly missed, but we will see him again.
Don was preceded in death by his parents.
He is surÂ¬vived by his wife of more than 46 years, Dee Dee; by his sons, Shannon Mahaffey and wife Kim; daughter, Torie Lewis and husband Robert; brother, James Mahaffey and wife, Sutton; brother, Alan Mahaffey; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, along with his honorÂ¬ary sons, Mickial Woods and Cesar ValÂ¬dez.
A memorial service for Don will be held at the Kettle Falls Grange on Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. A potluck will follow.
Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Memorial contributions may be given to Wounded Warriors.
Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory was entrusted with the arrangements.